Part of his early education was paid by his childless uncle Customs Inspector Anton Ludvig Runeberg.  Johan Ludvig moved to Oulu where his uncle lived 1812 but his stay there was cut short by the death of his uncle 1814.  His foster parents introduced young Johan Ludvig to the higher society during his stay. 
Runeberg moved to Turku for further education. He made some friends that later rose to prominent positions in the Finnish society. His economic situation during his university studies forced him to start tutoring. his employers were professor Anders Johan Lagus in Turku, Erik Gustaf af Enehjelm and Daniel Philip Danielson in Saarijärvi where he also met interesting people such as some veterans of the 1808 war between Sweden and Russia. The people he met here are said to have inspired his greatest works. After his return to Turku he was tutoring the grand children of his father's cousin Archbishop Jacob Tengström who also was uncle of Fredrika Tengström who later became Runeberg's wife. The great fire of Turku that destroyed almost the whole city changed Runeberg's plans as he had just started a new job as a teacher. He returned to Archbishop Tengström's house where a big crowd of homeless relatives had relocated from the destroyed city. 
The emperor's decision to move the Imperial Academy of Turku to Helsinki had many academics moving there as well. Runeberg accompanied Fredrika and her mother to Helsinki where he married Fredrika Charlotta Tengström 1830.     Together they had eight children. Two of the children died young.  The family moved to Porvoo 1837 
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He passed away in 1877  As a very popular man he had a massive crowd paying him respect at the funeral with three railroad cars full of people from Helsinki alone, including the entire parliament. His crypt is dug into the bedrock and the money for the grave monument was raised in a public money collection.
|Johan Ludvig Runeberg's grave memorial.|
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